One of the low-key best parts of my job is selecting tchotchkes and crap to go into our prize boxes at work. If you've ever stepped foot inside a pediatric dentist's office, you know exactly the sort of junk I'm talking about -- small, poorly painted, 75% slime and bouncy balls. Well last year I … Continue reading Year 5, Day 81
This past Saturday, I snuck away for a few hours to hit up the grand opening Limited Run Games's brick-and-mortar store in Cary, NC. While I was there, I picked up a copy of Return of the Obra-Dinn, one of my "pandemic games" and one of the best gaming experiences I've had in recent years. … Continue reading Year 5, Day 67
Well, Miles is still waking up in the night, but at least 1) he doesn't lead off with the banging and screaming, opting instead to attempt to get our attention in a more controlled voice and 2) "the middle of the night" is now more like "really early in the morning." Four consecutive hours of … Continue reading Year 4, Day 300
In the latest of Miles's increasingly unwieldy bedtime stories, PJ Masks villain Night Ninja had shown up at our house (or a fictionalized version of it, anyway) because he had mistaken Miles for Catboy. Although Night Ninja realized his mistake after Miles removed his Catboy mask, Miles had already called for help in the form … Continue reading Year 4, Day 289
When Miles asks for bedtime stories, his requests tend to be pretty specific. "Tell me a story about the PJ Masks and Romeo and Romeo steals all the library books," he might say, referring to a specific episode of PJ Masks and expecting me to accurately recount the adventure in question. It can be a … Continue reading Year 4, Day 126
As usual, Miles requested a story at bedtime tonight. I decided to make this one interactive. "Once upon a time, long long ago," I started, "Miles found a magic lamp. And he rubbed the lamp and out popped..." "A genie!" Miles exclaimed. "That's right! A genie!" "Yeah! And the genie was Daddy!" "Uh...sure, okay. So … Continue reading Year 4, Day 17
When asking for stories at the end of the day, Miles has a tendency of making pretty varied requests. Some are simple enough -- "I want a story about a pumpkin," for instance. Most stories involve Mickey Mouse. While my ability to spontaneously come up with satisfying narratives on a whim could likely leave more … Continue reading Year 3, Day 216
Miles does some light reading after finding a novel on dad's bookshelf.